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hague-prosecutor-balkan-states-still-celebrating-criminals-12-15-2017 18 Dec 17 Hague Prosecutor: Balkan States Still Celebrating Criminals

Reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia will be hard to achieve while war criminals are still treated as heroes, the chief prosecutor at the Hague Tribunal, Serge Brammertz, told BIRN ahead of its closure this month.

kosovo-serb-minister-learning-albanian-is-necessary-12-14-2017 15 Dec 17 Kosovo Serb Minister: Learning Albanian is Necessary

Kosovo government minister Dalibor Jevtic says Serbs and Albanians need to build trust - and that Kosovo Serb children should learn the Albanian language to ensure better communication for the future.

serbia-fostered-culture-of-denial-by-hiding-mladic-11-16-2017 18 Nov 17 Serbia ‘Fostered Culture of Denial’ by Hiding Mladic

Author and journalist Julian Borger argues that because Serbia was not penalised for shielding Ratko Mladic while he was on the run, it helped foster a culture of denial of war crimes and genocide.

russia-using-serbia-to-destroy-europe-ukraine-ambassador-10-31-2017 01 Nov 17 Russia ‘Using Serbia to Destroy Europe’, Ukraine Ambassador

Serbia is doing nothing to stop its citizens from fighting in East Ukraine while Moscow is ‘using Serbia’ for its battles elsewhere, Ukraine’s ambassador, Oleksandr Aleksandrovych, told BIRN in an interview.

agrokor-crisis-may-give-russia-balkan-breakthrough--09-29-2017 02 Oct 17 Agrokor Crisis May Give Russia ‘Balkan Breakthrough’

Russia may try to its use the huge debts that the failing Croatian giant owes it to mightily strengthen its presence in the Balkans, a Slovenian expert, Borut Suklje, told BIRN.

albin-kurti-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-dead--08-29-2017 29 Aug 17 Albin Kurti: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is ‘Dead’

The opposition Vetevendosje candidate for Kosovo prime minister, Albin Kurti, told BIRN that EU-sponsored talks between Pristina and Belgrade have ‘failed’ and should not continue.

briton-puts-bulgaria-s-communist-monuments-back-into-perspective-08-27-2017 28 Aug 17 Briton Puts Bulgaria’s Communist Monuments Back Into Perspective

British travel writer Darmon Richter – who moved to Bulgaria in 2011 and soon after started to explore its mostly forgotten Socialist-era monuments – has made it his mission to remind people of their significance.

self-proclaimed-liberland-lobbies-for-international-recognition-08-03-2017 04 Aug 17 Self-Proclaimed Liberland Lobbies for International Recognition

Liberland is set to take its case to the UN’s International Court of Justice while putting the finishing touches to an office in Serbia.

krunic-the-serbian-artist-in-search-of-conversation-06-07-2017 26 Jul 17 Krunic: The Serbian Artist in Search of Conversation

Belgrade-born painter Slavko Krunic describes his portraits as ‘satiriconography’ but insists his caricature-style in no way mocks his subjects.

kosovo-war-court-president-promises-impartial-justice-07-19-2017 20 Jul 17 Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice

The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekaterina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently.

belgrade-rapper-defends-montenegro-s-embattled-opposition-leader-07-13-2017 14 Jul 17 Belgrade Rapper Backs Montenegro’s Embattled Opposition Leader

Serbian rapper Fedja Dimovic explains why he has joined the defence team of Montenegro opposition leader Nebojsa Medojevic - who faces serious charges in his home country.

ivo-josipovic-croatia-going-in-wrong-direction-07-09-2017 10 Jul 17 Ivo Josipovic: Croatia Going in Wrong Direction

Former President Ivo Josipovic, in an interview for BIRN, says Croatia must face its past, promote peace and strengthen relations with its neighbours.

champion-croatian-priest-preaches-help-for-refugees-07-06-2017 07 Jul 17 Champion Croatian Priest Preaches Help for Refugees

Croatia should remember its own bitter war of the 90s and open its borders to refugees, says Tvrtko Barun, a Jesuit priest who was recently honoured by the European Parliament.

china-s-new-silk-road-poses-questions-for-balkans-06-16-2017 16 Jun 17 China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Poses Questions for Balkans

China's ambitious ‘Belt and Road’ initiative could deliver much-needed investments and infrastructure improvements to the Balkans, but it could also bring environmentally-harmful industrial projects, expert Guido Broekhoven told BIRN.

kosovo-is-still-controversial-theme-in-serbia-movie-author-06-13-2017 14 Jun 17 Kosovo Film Ignites Controversy in Serbia

After right-wingers protested against a documentary about Kosovo, director Aleksandar Reljic said it showed that it remains a controversial topic - even though his film aims to promote dialogue and undermine stereotypes.